Published by Egmontusa on April 28th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Action, adventure, and romance are heating up in this sequel to the futuristic science fiction thriller Burn Out. Perfect for fans of Across the Universe and The Memory of After.
Caelia is the new Earth. That's what the Consulate told everyone and, against all odds, Tora finally has made it there. She can't see the ocean from her cell in the Consulate's containment center, and she doesn't know what happened to the weapons her father died for and she's risked her life to save.
But as she plans her escape, she runs into the last person she ever expected to see-her dad. The Consulate has kept held him prisoner in a complicated plot designed to lure Tora out of hiding. Now Tora has a new purpose: break free, get the guns, and save her father.
But first she'll have to navigate a strange new planet, track down James (whose loyalties still remain questionable), and find Kale…before he finds her first.
Releases simultaneously in eBook format (ISBN: 978-160684-482-3).
Story Locale: Caelia, a planet colonized after Earth becomes unhabitable
Series Overview: In a future where the sun has turned into a red giant, making Earth unhabitable, a teen girl fights for survival while trying to protect the special weapons her father invented from falling into government control.
Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, coming 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of problems—and the same people who still want her dead. Order Kristi’s books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite local retailer. Kristi muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog at www.kristihelvig.com and Twitter (@KristiHelvig). You can also find her on Facebook. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.
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PLEASE WELCOME KRISTI TO BOOKHOUNDS
1. What is on your nightstand?
I’m finishing Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland which is an awesome ghostly YA, and I’m re-reading a finance book by Tony Robbins (because I’m a total dork).
2. What author would you totally fan girl?
Lois Lowry. I always recommend The Giver as the best YA dystopian ever written.
3. What makes you cringe?
I’m not sure if you mean cringing in general or not, but in terms of writing stuff, I last cringed when I re-read my first attempt at writing fiction. Let’s not revisit that.
4. What is a typical “writing day” like for you?
Ha—I wish I had a typical writing day and my goal is to improve on that. For now, it’s: drag myself out of bed at 6am, wake kids for school, make lunches, feed dogs, pour coffee, take kids to school, open manuscript, check email, respond to Twitter notifications, read where I left off on manuscript, check Facebook, pour more coffee, walk dogs, call husband at work to vent that I have no time to write, pour more coffee, edit the same sentence three times, write one new page, check email…you get the idea.
Here’s what I want it to look like in an ideal world: wake at 4:30a energized to work on the book, write amazing pages that require little editing before my kids wake up on their own and announce they’re making their own lunches, sip coffee while I gaze at my perfect prose and type 10K more words before they return from school. That would be fabulous, but I have a ways to go. Sigh.
5. Do you really think the sun will burn out any time soon?
No. Well, not unless that exact scenario in the book happens in the next month or so. The astrophysicist I consulted with for BURN OUT assured me that while that scenario is plausible, it is highly unlikely—luckily for us.
1 winner will receive a signed paperback of BURN OUT and a signed hard cover of STRANGE SKIES…plus swag! US Only.